The Map of Shame
A guided tour of Washington's sex-scandal locales.
Read more of Slate's coverage of the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal.
Rep. Wilbur Mills, Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial
In 1974, Mills' political career cratered when a stripper jumped out of his car and dove into Washington's murky Tidal Basin after police pulled Mills over. The married Mills had been cavorting with the "Argentine Firecracker" for more than a year. He would later leave Congress after being spotted in a Boston strip club.
Strategist Dick Morris, Jefferson Hotel, 1200 16th St. NW
Morris discussed White House affairs while sucking on a prostitute's toes at the Jefferson. Morris resigned the same day Clinton was renominated at the Democratic Convention.
Sen. Robert Packwood, Senate side of the Capitol
In 1992, nearly a dozen of Packwood's staffers claimed he made unwanted sexual advances while they worked for him in the Senate. After first denying the allegations, he blamed it on a tendency to drown his sorrows in booze. Packwood stepped down in 1995.
Rep. Don Sherwood, 110 D St. SE
Sherwood enjoyed a fling with Cynthia Ore, a Peruvian immigrant, and arranged an internship for her on the Hill. The affair was exposed when Ore called the police on Sherwood, alleging domestic abuse. The two settled out of court, and Sherwood lost his re-election.
Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
Our newest entry, Spitzer paid $4,300 to bed a prostitute going by the name "Kristen." Spitzer was reputed to be a difficult customer who sometimes asked the women to do things that (in the secondhand account of one FBI witness) "you might not think were safe."
Sen. David Vitter, location unknown
By scrutinizing phone records of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, "the D.C. Madam," Hustler magazine was able to force Vitter to admit in 2007 that he was a past customer. Vitter phoned Palfrey five times and was also alleged to be a frequent customer of a brothel in New Orleans.
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Correction, March 12, 2008: This sentence originally misstated that Frank announced he was gay after it was revealed Gobie was running a prostitution business from Frank's home. Frank had come out publicly before then. Also, Frank lived at 8th Street SE at the time, not Corcoran Street NW, as the article originally asserted. ( Return to the corrected sentence.)